Super Grateful

Today, I’m super grateful. This last Friday I was so blown away by some amazing people that came out to the Art 111 Gallery, not just to view my art, but specifically to get a chance to talk to me. They were the nicest people and so encouraging and excited to meet me. I felt extremely humbled and had so much gratitude at how nice everyone was. It truly made my night and it made me feel very grateful to be doing what I’m doing. 

I’ve only been in the Art 111 Gallery for about six months now, so this is very new to me to actually have people specifically show up to meet me. It makes me so grateful to be doing what I’m doing. Getting a chance to meet people and talk about my art is also new for me. I spend most of my time in my studio and get to virtually “meet” people over the web, but Friday was just so fun to get out and meet people face to face.

I worked for Disney for nearly 10 years and have been doing freelance for over 17 years now, but only in the last year have I begun to show my fine art. It’s been an incredibly stretching, challenging, humbling and rewarding process for me. My wife is the one who actually encouraged me to start growing in my fine art and start a website to offer it for sale. At first, I didn’t want to do it. I actually said no! Haha! It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been doing something, or how good others perceive you are at it, you can still lack confidence, and I wasn’t as confident in my fine art. But she pushed me, and I’m glad she did! This whole process has really opened up so much creativity and freedom for me with my fine art. I have drawn, painted and illustrated for others for song long, that it’s been such an incredible experience getting to just do what I love. To express myself artistically, with no limitations, is so freeing.

I am continually overwhelmed by all of your responses and frankly blown away by how well my art has been received by you all. And honestly, I’m just super grateful!

I want to encourage anyone of you that might be afraid, or not confident about putting yourself or your art out there, to just start. Start somewhere. No matter how many pieces you have, even if it’s just one, by this time next year you’ll have more. You only get better by doing. Just keep doing! Even if it’s tough, or feels like you have no time, just keep doing it! The reward is there if you keep going after it.

Again, I want to sincerely thank everyone who took the time to come out to the gallery Friday night! It was awesome meeting you all and I look forward to meeting many more of you over time!